Long time since a review of this card and this is time to have one back. This card is powerful because it draws a lot of cards and make money. 3 creds, 4 cards.

The drawback is that you're not going to do anything with those cards until your next turn and maybe it's an agenda among them!

Also that the runner is going to trash it if they sees it because, well, 1 to trash is usually auto-trash.

Usually is for combo decks or for fast decks. And sometimes glacier decks with Jinja City Grid

In todays meta you can see it in Sportsmetal: Go Big or Go Home or Asa Group: Security Through Vigilance. In kind of decks that want their pieces fast so they can pull that Game Changer or maybe it's because they have a Jinja City Grid so they can make a pretty deep server in no time.

So it's in two kind of decks. The ones that they don't mind to overdraw (because gotta go fast usually) or because they have options to prevent that of being a problem.

Cybernetics Court is a card that exist for that porpuse and make any HB feel kind of Cerebral Imaging: Infinite Frontiers

Also I've seen it with Lakshmi Smartfabrics to protect the agenda flood in the hand.

And last but not least the agenda suit that you take can help you. Maybe because it's Hyperloop Extension that gives you money even if stolen or it's Project Vacheron, that is going to be 4 turns of 0 agenda points.

So that's why in this Uprising meta you can see this in several HB decks. Maybe can be also into a Weyland deck that wants to be fast but they lack the other pieces to make it work nicely. But, hey it can give you 1 more cred if you're Weyland Consortium: Building a Better World

This is for a Jinteki PE point of view:

Now that we have the 20.06 Banlist and they took out Breached Dome and Shock! has rotated, there are fewer options to spice the archives.

One of them is Cyberdex Virus Suite that it's kind of useful because Aumakua is a card that its widely played. But not all decks use virus to work

So maybe it's the time to this card to shine again and use it in combination with Kakurenbo to toss it to the archives.

As other reviews said, when the runner has the option to choose their punishement it's not optimal. But 2 tags are cool and a -1 agenda point it's also cool. Specially when you have Philotic Entanglement.

So maybe this card will have more use in these days.

<p>This is the new Archive protection. With News Team, the runner is always at risk of getting tags. Which can be prohibitive with ID like SYNC. Of course, there are tech for that, No One Home, Misdirection and Citadel Sanctuary. But News Team is a threat anywhere on the board, in any central or remote. And if the runner does not want to go for that remote where you placed it, trash it and let it protect Archive. This pair well with any tag punishment. Even if</p> —
<p>Even if the runner take the -1 agenda point, it will make the runner need 8 agenda points to win. That can save you a lot of trouble. And if the corp is running Game Changer, Stock Buy-Back or Fast Break, it mean more agendas in the score area, which is a huge advantage. In NBN and Weyland, this card shine. It is a very cheap way to get an advantage.</p> —

On of the topics that Nisei is covering (as fantasy flight did before) is doing retakes of key existing cards (always with a twist) so they can rotate at some point.

You had Account Siphon that were converted into Diversion of Funds. You have Cloak that became Mantle, Clone Chip that now you can say that's a Simulchip. (But Jackson Howard will live always in our hearts)

In this case the card that you this cards compares to it's a jinteki special one, Mushin No Shin. That card was ensuring that if you play that, you're using another game that's not you're tipycal glacier. And it went over of that jinteki those days could be very poor.

Nowadays there are several things that make our old friend Mushin No Shin. Mainly one of those cards that gived also much appeal to buff assets in servers: NGO Front. One of the reasonable drawbacks of Mushin No Shin it's that it prevented fast advance. You were not allowed to score that agenda for 0 credits without allowing the runner to go for that (with 0 or 1 ice in front) but you could not also rez if it's an NGO.

This card takes a different approach, so let's take the differences:

  • It puts 2 counters instead of 3
  • You hide all your archives.
  • You can trash your cards that spice your archives right up (with Breached Dome or News Team for example).
  • You can install from archives (or from your hand via trashing first).
  • You pay for those counters.
  • You can rez or score if you want to. (so it's NGO Front-friendly)
  • You can install in a existing remote with ICE

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In overall I think it's a good card with enough difference to live with Mushin no shin.

I like this ice because it's an illicit ice that hurts and stays in play pretty well. Having a 6 strength is something not trivial to pass through and the trace 6 is also something that you can't just avoid even with powertaps and nexus.

Nowadays there are ways to get off that badpub easily such us Roughneck Repair Squad or Increased Drop Rates so it's not a hard downside and also The Outfit: Family Owned and Operated can profit from it.

I guess that it doesn't see much competitive play right now because it's expensive and people, want faster cards than melange mining co v 2.0 to get cash, but it could work.

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I really like how flavorful this card is, too! The trace ability lets the Runner access to get info (or hit an ambush) but they can't do anything about what they access. Also it doesn't stop successful run effects like Diversion of Funds, Stargate, or Apocalypse, which is thematic for a trebuchet that is defenseless at close range. Maybe that's why it isn't played as much. —

Pelangi is the poor man's Laamb or Engolo (now one banned in the MWL and the other restricted).

It allows the runner to facecheck ice easily and go through in a pinch. That's the job (ideally) for an AI, but there is AI hate ice (like IP Block, Swordsman or Chiyashi. The fact that those icebreakers are banned or restricted is that they are inmune to this kind of ice.

So the idea es that you have, your lonely Corroder, a Bukhgalter or a pumped Study Guide and a handful of creds and you can run wherever you want because you can make the corp rez expensive ice and don't be harmed by a DNA Tracker, or a Fairchild 3.0 or even Mythic ice or traps because you can break it with money and a counter from Pelangi.

The basic card of this idea is Tinkering but Tinkering cost you a clic in the same turn that you want to run so it's usually slower than pelangi that can be used twice (even if it's once per turn). Even if you spend a memory slot it's worth it becaause if you're running only one icebreakers at that moment you have space in your rig! Also yes, you may be telegraphing the corp "I can go through your ice" but it's like being a criminal that can play Inside Job.

Even if it's shaper it can be exported to a anarch deck because Freedom Khumalo: Crypto-Anarchist wants virus countes and Knobkierie can provide them. It has been used even in the world's champion deck of this year 2019.

Other combo cards are Rejig that can refill the counters or use the money to install something else, Aesop's Pawnshop to sell it when it's used, Spec Work to sell it for creds and cards, Clone Chip to reinstall it from the heap whenever you need it, Scavenge also can refill the counters (for this one I prefer Rejig because it's more flexible).

If you don't want to use an AI such us Squirtle-Blastoise, Atman or Eater this card can help you.

Also there are a couple of virus hate cards from the corp pool such us Cyberdex Virus Suite, Macrophage or Reverse Infection that if virus get too prominent they can keep the runner in check. Including this card.